Hundreds gathered at the Esperance Foreshore on New Years Eve to welcome 2018 with the annual Foreshore Festival and Fireworks.
Event secretary Renae Poot said she was ‘really pleased’ with the crowd participation and the community engagement with the event.
“Every event that we had scheduled was well attended, including the colouring in competition, the rock art, play dough, the water activities, which saw 10 teams of four compete, and the Talent Quest,” she said.
“To me, it felt like there was certainly a larger crowd than last year and I think it was the fact that we had a centrepiece, really good sound support and the weather was just fantastic.
“There have just been so many more people in town too and I just hope a little bit of that is through our contribution, drawing people to the town.”
Ms Poot said she and other members of the Rotary Club of Esperance Bay, the hosts of the event, had received ‘amazing’ feedback from locals and visitors.
“It’s been a lot of work but really rewarding and what did make me smile was I came back from the water activities to see all the street art,” she said.
“Everyone really embraced that.
“We’ve certainly come along way since our first year.”
Ms Poot commended the community and said there was ‘not much’ of a clean up the following day.
“Everyone was really tidy and the Shire of Esperance prepared the Foreshore beautifully for us,” she said.
The Talent Quest comprised of seven acts, Ms Poot said the competition featured everything from Rhythmic gymnastics, to juggling, to electric guitar and several singing acts.
Local man James Barr was the star of the evening, winning First Prize and taking out the People’s Choice Award.
With the overwhelming support received, Ms Poot wished to thank those involved.
“There are just so many people to thank,” she said.
“Hope FM were fantastic, as were Coats Hire with all of their equipment, lights and generators, Star Transport for bringing down the fireworks and Triple M were great with the air time.”
Esperance Police acting senior sergeant Jenny Sara said despite the good behaviour at the Festival, the evening got far ‘busier’ once the fireworks concluded.
“There were several call outs, particularly after midnight, to the Pier Hotel and to Taylor Street Quarters,” she said.
“It’s those that wanted to fight and be silly, which impact on the people in the community doing the right thing; that’s what we don’t want to see.
“It is people just being silly and we’re not talking about kids, these are adults behaving like kids.
“We like to see people have fun and enjoy and celebrate but we want them to be doing it safely because we don’t want to be picking up the pieces and nor do emergency services when people hurt themselves or hurt others.”